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Breed Notes - 20 Apr 2012
Welcome to Hovawart breed notes for Our Dogs, I hope that owners of our lovely breed will pass on their news so that I can tell everyone. Remember its your column. This week I will tell you about Cuillin , our old boy who has just turned 11 years. Two weeks ago I had him out in the garden for a last minute stroll before settling down for the night. He appeared fine , just walked about the garden and came back in and then lay down. When locking up for the night you could imagine my concern to find him standing in the hallway with his head down looking very uncomfortable. My main worry was he is in pain, and although not wretching looked as if he could be sick, I put my hands onto his abdomen to find it swollen, shouted on my wife who was in bed to come down the stairs, a quick phone call to the vet and 5 mins later cuillin was in our vets practice , and a gastric torsion was diagnosed, the spleen was also affected.. He successfully underwent an operation , and I can’t thank the vet and nurse enough for their quick action and dedication in helping cuillin. What was frightening was the onset of symptoms within 20 mins and the fact he was standing not even crying and didn’t come looking for me. I always follow the rules re feeding and excercise, but this obviously didn’t matter, this condition just strikes.

Speaking to Gill this week from the Berkenbos kennel who sadly told me that Caris had died, Annvad Celeste Lady was her posh name, bred by Ann Travis, I had the pleasure of getting to know Caris over the many year’s I served on the clubs committee as travelling from Scotland to the meetings down south would mean an overnight stay and Gill and Jim always gave me a bed and I would enjoy going for a walk with their dogs. She was a lovely blonde girl who Gill would take to discover dogs and show, she had the sweetest of temperaments and when we all went to Germany to the IHF show , stayed with my wife in the hotel whilst we were in at the meeting. She was well behaved and Sarah my wife had a soft spot for her. Our thoughts are with you Gill and Jim.

On the show scene now, well I had missed our first open show in Scotland this year which scheduled our breed. Perthshire open show always gives us two classes at both their shows, and with a super entry of 13 for our judge Miss F Miller ( Meitza ) BOB was awarded to Mark Tyermans handsome B/G male Fasskoleys Mathan with reserve going to Min Inches Yiska , Houwaerts Jiska who at eleven and a half years is still going strong. This entry beats some of the championship shows who hosts classes for the breed, and Min passed on that the judge enjoyed her appointment. This is always nice when a judge takes interest in a numerically small breed like ours.
Another of this years shows I managed to miss, was the entry for Birmingham National and with this being the German Breeds Festival it would have been lovely to go to, so if you live in this area it would be well worth a visit and support those in the breed who will be attending. Our Judge for this show is Herr Horst Kliebenstein and if my memory serves me correct judged our breed at Scottish kennel club in 2004. Has anyone read the Kennel gazette April edition re this show, as I can’t make up my mind if non CC German breeds will get a CAC for Best of Sex or is it just CC breeds that get them, however you would think that if the breed gets CAC’s in their own country of origin then they would be issued with them at this show even if we don’t get CC’s in the UK. Food for thought and if anyone can shed light on this I would be interested to know.

Since I have managed to miss a few shows, with house being for sale and now under offer, Horray !! been on the market for a long time , I have decided to get organised and check dates for future shows in Scotland. Dundee Canine club has given us 2 classes, to be held in a lovely venue, Camperdown country park in Dundee on Saturday 9th June with entries closing on 21st may, our judge is Roy Baker ( sylbecq ) , you can down load a schedule from www.printmatters.info or from the show secretary, Mrs C Mason on 01356 624838. Another Ch show which gives us classes is Border Union with working on the 16th June and we have 8 classes, with a breed specialist Mr J Sharpe ( Pines ), so lets ensure a super entry , with postal entries closing Tuesday 1st May, more information from www.fossedata.co.uk .

Working & Pastoral Breeds of Wales which is held in a picturesque setting was held on Saturday 21st, with an entry of 8 and one absentee for our judge Mrs K Kennedy who found her BOB, BP in Ann Travis Annvad Lady Farica, this being her new pup she bred, and being black in colour , what an excellent start to her show career, Many congratulations Ann, and BD went to another Black youngster in Liz & Lynn’s Zwartbos Brighstone of Driftingsky with reserve dog going to his Black litter mate Zwartbos Carisbroke owned by Julie Condron. Reserve bitch went to Tyehelva Super Summer of Driftingsky. It was a day for the Blacks which is great as these pups came from the last two litters of last year. These results taken from Fossedata, but will report fully next week once spoken to their owners. In the mean time any news or views, contact me below.

Craig Hosie 01505 702165.
Craig.sarah1@ntlworld.com
This article was posted on: 21-Apr-12